Trans_____ Feminisms

deadline for submissions: 
January 8, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Graduates in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Penn State)
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“Trans____ Feminisms” 

Annual Graduates in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Conference at Penn State

February 24th, 2018 in the Oak Building


Call for Papers:

What does it mean for feminisms to be trans—? “Trans” within this context suggests a desire to transcend, transgress, transmit, transfer, and transform—a desire to move freely within, across, and beyond any given space and/or temporality. This desire to move and transgress, however, is largely limited in a world of neoliberalism, where resources are privatized and borders are militarized. Specifically, the arrival of the Trump era seems to diminish hopes for transformative justice, making it a tremendous challenge to imagine a livable world for people with different cultures, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexualities, and other intersections. What does it mean to harbor a desire to transgress and transform when many possibilities are restricted?

We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, and artworks that respond to the theme of trans____ feminisms. We invite you to think within and among the US, but we also encourage you to look beyond the US to Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe, and the rest of the Americas. Trans____ feminisms will enable us to reimagine geographies, power relations, and human/nonhuman boundaries. Potential trans____ feminisms include but are not limited to the transcultural, transnational, transgender, transhistorical, transdisciplinary, transhemispheric, trans-Indigenous, transpacific, transatlantic, transhumanist, and trans-species. Please send 200-250 word abstracts by January 8th, 2018 to If you are submitting a panel, your proposal should include an overarching summary of the panel (between 200-250 words) and abstracts of individual papers. We welcome scholars at all levels, and we look forward to receiving your proposals!